Load and Lock: The Importance of Gun Safes

Gun SafesMost firearm owners know the importance of safely handling and storing their guns, not to mention ensuring that they are out of the reach of children or others in the home who should not have access to firearms. Gun safes are great for maintaining a secure and protected location to keep your rifles, pistols and any ammunition or accessories.

 

Firearm safes have been around for many years as one of the most common methods of securing guns within a home or business. In addition to other locking devices, like trigger locks and loading indicators, safes prevent unintentional tampering or access by children by keeping your guns not only out of their sight, but also out of their reach.

 

In fact, gun safes are one of the best ways to remain in compliance with the law in some states. In Massachusetts, firearms must always be kept in either a sealed and locked container or outfitted with a tamper-resistant locking mechanism, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. In addition, California, Connecticut and New York also mandate locks in certain circumstances, such as during sales or if cohabitating with individuals with a criminal record or history of mental health. Seven other states also require locks in sales situations.

 

Gun safes also generally are large enough to accommodate any extra ammunition that you may have. While most people think that locking up a gun is sufficient, if a child gets access to live rounds, they may inadvertently set it off, which could result in a tragic accident. Securing your ammunition with your gun keeps them both secure, and offers the added bonus of allowing you to keep everything you need for enjoyment of your firearm in one convenient place.

 

Many safes are also capable of holding additional paperwork or valuables, making them a great option for keeping treasured items and any important documents for your firearm, your business or even your personal information. Value Safes carries a great selection of Winchester gun safes to keep your firearms. Available in a range of colors, styles and sizes, you’re sure to find the perfect option for your home. Take a look at our inventory, or give us a call today for more information.

 

 

Gun Safes: Keeping them Secure and Handy

gun safeKeeping your family safe is your number one priority.

 

You will want to keep them safe from harming themselves with your guns, but you also want to keep the guns around to protect yourself from possible intruders.

 

So what exactly is the happy medium for all involved?

 

Gun Safes are the answer to your questions. Investing money in a quality gun safe will ensure your families safety and it will also ensure the safety of your investment in guns.

 

Safes come in all different sizes and shapes, they all have different purposes but they all have the same use of keeping your guns safe. Large gun vaults are intended to be secured to a fixed location and only you will have access to get into the safe. These are typically a larger investment but they will hold your valuable guns and firearms safely within its door.

 

Another option is Small floor gun safes or drawer safes. This can be easily and discreetly placed under a bed, in a closet or even under the living room couch. If you are using a safe of this size you will want to conceal in a manner than others will not know it is there. If they can see the safe they may not immediately be able to gain access inside the safe but this does not mean they cannot take the whole unit and eventually break in.

 

Remember you guns are important to keep safe not only because they are dangerous if not used properly but they are also an investment that you do not want to lose. If you practice proper gun storage and safety you will make everyone around you feel more confident about your gun usage.

 

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Bugging Out: What You Need and Where You Need Them

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For those who aren’t familiar, “bugging out” refers to grabbing your bug out bag and hastily leaving the disaster zone, according to Preparing for SHTF. Instead of panicking and not knowing what to do, you come up with a plan. The down side to this plan of action is that you don’t know for sure what you will need or what you will encounter once you leave your location, so it’s best to be as prepared as humanly possible.

 

 

 

What to Include in Your Bug-Out Bag 

 
Before you can start on your journey of preparedness, you have to know exactly what your budget is, so you can know exactly what to pack, realistically. The five areas to keep in mind are food, water, shelter, security, and sanitation. Here are some basic items (list courtesy of Survivalist Prepper) to keep in your bag:

     

  • Fixed blade knife: These are durable and steady. They will last longer than foldable blades.
  • Folding knife: These are handy for smaller jobs where fixed blades are just too big.
  • Multi tools: From opening cans to cutting down small branches, these tools are handy.
  • Folding shovel: you can’t shovel with a multi tool, so this is good to keep around.
  • Lighters: Even though you will want a fire starting kit, it’s undoubtedly easier to use lighters.
  • Fire starting kit: You always want multiple ways to start a fire.
  • Water filter and purification tablets: You never know if your water sources are clean.
  • Water bottle: Aluminum is best in case it needs to be heated.
  • Flashlight/glow sticks/headlamp: Having multiple light sources is best.
  • First aid kit: This can reflect your skill level as to how simple or complex it is, but it should include bandages, tape, dressings, and any medications needed.
  • Compass: It can be pretty easy to lose your sense of direction and get lost.
  • Analog watch: These don’t require batteries and can also be used to find direction as well.
  • Tarp: A multipurpose item to keep handy.
  • Duct tape: Not only can this help with patching holes or fixing things, it can be used in a pinch to close a wound.
  • Heavy duty trash bag: Another great multipurpose item. Make sure to get heavy duty so that they can stand up to the weather.
  • Maps of the area: You should have a map of both the area you’re in, plus possible bug out areas.
  • Food items: Pack enough for 3 days worth of calories. You will need a minimum of 1,000 a day.
  • Hand sanitizer: This should be in your first aid kit, but these are good to have for your sanitation. Also great if you don’t have access to showers.
  • Work/heavy duty gloves: These are worth it- you don’t want to cut your hands up.
  • Change of clothes: In case clothes become wet or damaged.
  • Important documents: This can be forms of ID or possibly even hidden money.
  • Survival manuals: This comes in handy if you’re in an unfamiliar situation and stressing out.

 

Finding a Good Bug-Out Location

 
When it comes to a bug out location, there are a lot of things to consider.
 
The first thing to keep in mind is that you want to keep away from the cities. More often than not you’re better off chancing the wilderness than an urban shelter. You want to be somewhere that isn’t as crowded. There are risks of transportation and other accommodations being shut down if you’re in the middle of a big city. Not only this, but provisions will become extremely hard to find.
 
Have a backup plan- don’t count on living in the wild. It’s a great idea for the reasons we just mentioned, but you won’t be the only person who would have thought of it. Only those who are experienced with the wilderness (campers, hunters etc) should focus on those areas. Depending on where you live and which part of the country, it might be just as dangerous as the city. You will undoubtedly come across others looking for the same necessities. Weather is also a big factor.
 
We cannot stress location enough. Living too close to the coast means an increase in population, which means fewer supplies, more disease, and easily more violence. You also need to keep in mind any weather issues that might apply to the area, such as blizzards, tornadoes, or earthquakes. These are all generalized guidelines, of course. Check out land or abandoned areas as soon as you can to make the best decision possible. Lastly, if you have the ability, look for higher ground or a place that is easily hidden.
 
Consider your support group. Do you have a family? Think about the size. Also, if you have extended family, is the distance achievable with one tank of gas? If you’re only working with one other person, it would be easy to be overrun and others can steal your supplies. Having more people can help with this situation, but you want to find a balance when it comes to supplies.
 
It’s good to be prepared for anything, but it’s smart to know your limitations, too.
 

Storing Items at Your Bug-Out Location

 
Now that you know where you’re going, it’s good to know how to stock your location as well. The supplies needed are going to be pretty similar to what your bug out bag should include; only you have the ability to store more of it.
 
You want to ensure that you have plenty of food and water along with tools, ammo, cooking utensils/equipment, and medical equipment. It should be easier to set up camp at your bug out location.
 
Let’s face it- once you get to your bug out location you want to ensure your supplies are safe, and stored somewhere that makes sense. Here are a couple of easy options:
 

fireproof safeFireproof Safes

 
In cases of a natural disaster, fireproof safes are one type of safe you will want handy. Things like important documents, medicine, and water purification tools can easily be stored in this safe. These are items you want to make sure are around when you need them, but aren’t hard to reach. Not only will they be handy, they are more likely to stand up to the elements. With everything else on your mind, you won’t have to worry about the durability of your safe carrying your valuables.

 

 

gun safeGun Safes

 
Bug-out locations are not going to be very effective if you don’t have ammo; or if it winds up in the wrong hands, for that matter. Gun safes are a smart and safe way to store your guns and other weapons that will allow only you to access them and keep potential children safe from them. One of your most valuable assets will be guarded in a gun safe, especially made to hold that kind of cargo.

 

 

 

floor safeFloor Safes

 
If you are looking to store supplies such as food or medicine, then it’s a smart idea to make sure it’s well hidden. You don’t want to let your items fall into the wrong hands, so you should seriously consider a floor safe. These safes are easy to conceal and allow you to rest easy knowing that no one unwanted will be snooping in your belongings.

 

If you have questions about which safes are best to use in your particular emergency, give us a call today.
 

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How to Maintain and Clean a Gun Safe

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Anyone who owns a gun of any type knows the importance of having a gun safe. They keep kids away and make it so that no accidents can happen. But did you know it’s important to keep them clean and maintained as well?
 
To make sure they work properly, here are some great tips on how keep your safe clean and maintained.

     

  • Make sure you dust your safe once a month. Whether it’s a feather duster or dusting wipes, make sure you do this regularly. If you leave dust on the surface for very long, it can be very hard to get back off and it gets everywhere!
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  • Make sure you don’t use metal polishes or solvents. If you use these, you can damage the protective layering that prevents tarnish.
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  • Look around at the different surfaces of your safe. Are there scratches or other blemishes? These can easily be taken care of with touch up paint.
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  • Make sure to keep your locking bolts well oiled, otherwise they may not work effectively. To do this, add a small amount of grease to the front, side, and bottom of the bolts once a year and this will prevent it from sticking.
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  • Also, you should have a certified lock technician look at the lock once a year because they might be able to catch some issues you were not aware of.
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  • Lastly, check out the fire seal. If it is not damaged, then there is no work to be done on it. However, if there is any damage like rips, then you need to replace it.

 
Some of these tips and tricks will work on other safes as well, but it is crucial that you make sure your  gun safe is working properly to ensure people can’t get into it like your kids, and to make sure you can access it in the case of an emergency.
 

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Buying a Gun Safe: What to Consider

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There’s a certain element of paranoia for anyone who owns a firearm. You can take all of the precaution in the world and still get that uneasy feeling when you have an armed (or unarmed) weapon in your possession.
 
Through television and Internet outlets, there has been a lot of media cover about how to keep guns, knives and weapons out of the wrong hands. The best protection is by use of a safe. A good safe is one that has all of the bells and whistles in order to keep guns locked safely away.
 
But what exactly are those bells and whistles? With many safes on the market now, it can be difficult to choose the right one. There are two key components to consider before buying a safe. We’ve outlined them below.
 
The steel thickness is the first to consider. Some companies are choosing composite doors over steel ones. The composite doors are actually thin and folded pieces of sheet metal with sheetrock inside. This material serves no actual real protection against a safe break-in. What you really want is a safe made of 100% thick steel.
 
Next is to look at the locking bolts. You will want to make sure these parts that keep the safe together are thick and non-flimsy. Strong durable metal should be used or else it will be very easy for a thief to get in. If all it takes is little effort to bend the internal parts of the safe, then the safe is not worth a purchase.
 
Personal safety is paramount, so it only makes sense that you invest in a safe that will do its job.

Reserve Gun Safe RSV-5922

Reserve Gun Safe RSV-5922

I really love this gun safe. The 10 ga steel is 30% thicker than the 12 ga steel gun safes that you get from other manufactures.  You really can take a fire axe to this thing and not damage it…other than chipped paint.  Excellant lay out for storage with 1 hour fireproofing. 

RSV-5922 gun safe does not have little bells and whistles such a lights on the inside or a door organizer. But for the money its one of the best.  Because 30% more steel is great when you consider that it is around the same price for gun safes which much thinner steel. RSV-5922 Gun Safe

Gun Safes for Sale

Gun Safes for Sale

For the month of September 2010 we are having a huge sale on Gun Safes.  Please find the Republic Gun Safes from Hollon Safe company.  A really great deal that includes shipping and no tax to most areas of the country.

The RG-16 is 59 inches tall and 22 inches wide.  Designed to be bolted to the foundation.  1 hour fireproof with heat seal that swells and keeps the gun safe interior protected from water and smoke.

Don’t delay on these because these are for a limited time until we reduce our inventory.

See the Republic Gun Safes and again this sale is only for this month. Sept 2010

Fireproof Gun Safe model GS5940H

Diamond Back Gun Safe model GS5940H.   Is the largest in Diamond Back Gun Safe lineup.   It is made to the exacting standards of the companies owner, Keith Lavarnay.     Also,  a division of Cobalt Safes BUT nothing to do with the old company that produced “Cobalt Gun Safes”.   They went out of business years ago.   Before Cobalt Safes was born.   The “H” series standards for Gun Safes is top notch in the import line up of Gun Safes.

* 10 Gage Steel for body and door. Plus an added plate of steel within the door. PLUS, hardplate over the lock. Far exceeding CDOJ rating for firearm container.

* S&G group II lock with relocker and spyproof ring. Whats a spyproof ring?   Its so only the person dialing the combo can see the numbers being dialed.

*Huge ball bearing hinges to support the door when open and protect against breakin.

*1 Hour Fireproof Safe protection.

*Adjustable shelving for interior.   Can be used for guns or storage of a varity of objects.

* Multiple bolt down predrilled holes on floor.   For supperior theft protection.

*Massive, over 4 inchs, thick door with back up bolt assembly making it extremly difficult if not impossible to pry bar open.

*Predrilled plugged hole for addition of a dehumidifier to keep contents dry and mold free.

*Semi gloss black paint extended life finish that is easy to repair scratches.   Giving a lifetime of use and a good looking finish.

Now if you are like me. I like to compare products that are similar from other companies.  Hollon Safe company has a line called the “Republic”. Which almost the exact same safe regarding fireproof for 1 hour. Bolt size and steel thickness.  They do have a better lock set up than the Diamond Back. Plus they have a high gloss finish which is very nice to look at. The comparable model would be the RG-39 Gun Safe

It is important to read my other comments in this post regarding Diamond Back Gun Safes.   I try not to repeat myself too much.   So you will read other tidbits about Gun Safes on the other areas.

Keep Guns out of Sight

Under the Second Amendment, you are well within your right to own a gun. You must remember, however, that there are certain responsibilities that fall to owners of firearms. The number one responsibility is that you must keep your guns out of the hands of children or home invaders. Most people that face this reality will purchase a gun safe, such as the Winchester Supreme or the Winchester Ranger. These safes will not only keep your guns out of sight, but they will also protect your firearms from fire or other natural disasters. You shouldn’t need any more reason than that to buy one.

While you are doing research be sure to check out Republic Gun Safes by Hollon Safe.

Protect Your Firearms from Damage

Most people believe that they only need a gun safe if there are small children in the house. While it is very important to keep firearms out of the reach of children, this is not the only reason that purchasing a gun safe is a good idea. For one thing, you will want to have your guns out of reach should anyone ever invade your home. Having your guns in someone else’s hands is a scary situation. Gun safes can also protect your firearms from any fires or natural disasters, so check out one of the Winchester gun safes and protect your belongings from damage.